I am not arguing that these people have no contribution or no place in the discussion. That seems a bit of a straw man. I don't see what is wrong with a little critical distance, or opening up the discussion. There is something in between outright censorship, and a refusal to critique at all, because the critique is abused by Zionists. Although the JVP censorship move was in bad faith, and counterproductive, I do believe there is room for an anti-Zionist critique. (Even if my own critique may not have been so anti-Zionist). AW is an extremely well-respected figure in the movement. Her information and dedication anything but weak. But, personally speaking, I am wary of this group. I know that her primary mission is a response to the extreme censorship of Palestinian politics from the media, mainstream and non mainstream. At the same time, part of me thinks that she should also have a corresponding organization entitled, "Many Americans Know, and They Still Don't Care." And that such an organization would add an element that is missing, and push her IAK further towards its stated goals. Despite the extreme media censorship and all the daily Zionist propaganda, the assertion that "Americans don't know," is one thing that just doesn't sit well with me. ... Although I will say that regardless, this thread has convinced me that her new book is a must read.
It is nice to see a discussion of the racism of both JVP and Allison Weir/IAK. Weir is quite obviously a racist (and “anti-semite”), but it is extremely unsettling that the Rabbi of JVP can just outright censor a (at least ostensibly) Pro-Palestinian voice, without even a single essay/piece of journalism that would open up a discussion of the racist implications/limitations of Weir/IAK. Instead, possibly because JVP is guilty of a very similar racism and would be just as vulnerable as Weir to that discussion, the JVP Rabbi moved to foreclose it. IMHO, both groups are cut way, way too much slack. “But, but, they are making sacrifices, and exposing injustice, and helping to divest…” Sure, but why can’t we criticize their racism and their pro-colonial pro-imperial limitations?
And what kind of a group would censor Weir without censoring the all-Jewish JVP? Obviously USCEO is irrelevant.
And why aren’t there any Palestinians or People of Color in this Mondoweiss roundtable?
On Weir: Even the name, “If Americans Knew,” is racist. She obviously means white Christians by Americans. And can she not be bothered to familiarize herself with the ideas of Edward Said? Her entire organization consists of white male ex-state department/intelligence operatives. She is only advocating a colonization of Palestine without Jewish nationalism.
On JVP: Yes there is a need to de-Zionize Judaism and Jewish Nationalism. No, that is not what JVP is doing. It would be great if we could engage in a discussion of the limits and possibilities of an anti-Zionist Jewish nationalism. (Since despite this “head rabbi,” JVP is nationalist in nature much more than religious). But JVP’s mission seems to be to inhibit discussions like these. Like Weir, despite their deep and sincere concern for Palestinian human rights, at the end of the day neither JVP nor IAK (or USCEO for that matter) is an anti-colonial movement.